The prime objective of the thesis is to describe, analyse
and evaluate the relations of Greece with the European
Community with particular reference to the evolution of
those relations during the last decade.
The first section of the thesis presents a view of Greece's
economy during the 1950's 1960's and early 1970's, assesses
the reasons why Greece asked first for association with
and then membership of the European Community and examines
EEC-Greece relations since Association of 1962 up to 1975
with an emphasis placed on the period of dictatorship
The second section of the study investigates analytically
the procedure of negotiations for Greece's membership with
the EEC and focuses on the main features of the terms of
the Agreement as well as in the agreed transitional
The third section covers the period 1981-1985 which was
the first stage of the agreed transitional periods and
presents Greece as a full member of the EEC. Particular
attention is devoted to the PASOK, its principles, its
elevation into Government and its subsequent behaviour
and policy towards the European Community. The economic
policy applied in Greece during these years is outlined
as well as the role of the Community in the implementation
of that policy. In that context the Greek Memorandum and
the Community's response on this are also considered.
Finally, the problem of the Trade Balance is discussed in
some detail in order to assess first, the visible impact
of the membership on foreign trade, an extremely vital
sector for Greek interests and second to understand via
this discussion the significant problems of the Greek
economy that are related to the weakness of this sector.
A Masters Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Master of Philosophy of Loughborough University.